On 8 March 2009, on the 65th anniversary of the 1944 strike and of the subsequent deportation,
the Municipality of Florence signed a friendship pact with the Municipality of Mauthausen. The
proposal came from one of the survivors, Mario Piccioli, at the time President of ANED Florence.
The Mayor of Mauthausen wrote in a letter: “We are truly happy that this friendship pact has been
achieved. We consider it an important contribution to the understanding between peoples and a
valuable factor in our common endeavour to prevent the times of Fascism from ever returning”.